An impossibly tiny garden outbuilding is the setting for an amazing story of furniture that becomes an entire functional interior. In a French back yard, a garden shed with only 12 square meters (about 39 square feet) of space was transformed into a sort of home away from home for a teenager.

The teen’s family wanted to give him a place of his own, so h2o Architects stepped in to develop this unique solution. Using silver birch plywood, they created an interior that is composed entirely of functional furniture.

There are four distinct zones in the tiny home: living, washing, studying and sleeping. Each has its own level, and there are storage areas interspersed throughout. There is no designated meal area because the teen resident eats with his family in the main house.

The finished project, called Chatou by the architects, is a rather stunning abode that looks much larger than it really is. The creative solution to a very small space just goes to show that a little ingenuity is all you need to create an interior that perfectly serves your needs.